Environmental Biology of Fishes

, Volume 82, Issue 2, pp 177–178 | Cite as

Threatened fishes of the world: Tanichthys albonubes Lin 1932 (Cyprinidae)

  • Xu-Fang Liang
  • Guo-Zhu Chen
  • Xiang-Lin Chen
  • Pei-Qi Yue


The white cloud mountain minnow Tanichthys albonubes Lin is an endemic species to southern China and the genus has two species, Tanichthys albonubes Lin and Tanichthys micagemmae Freyhof et Herder. The distribution range of T. albonubes Lin and T. micagemmae is very narrow and only found in the mountain brooks of Baiyunshan Mountain (White Cloud Mountain), Huaxian Country and the vicinity of Guangzhou in Guangdong Province and Halong, Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam respectively. The wild populations of this fish had already been on the verge of extinction when Shu-Yan Lin first discovered it in 1932 at the Baiyunshan Mountain. It was believed to be extinct in the wild because there were no reports of this fish in the wild since 1980. In September 2003, a small and isolated population of the fish was discovered in a mountain puddle in the north vicinity of Guangzhou. Additional studies are needed to determine the survival and propagation of the released fish. The protection of their natural habitat should be implemented.


Tanichthys albonubes Lin Identification Distribution Habitat and ecology Reproduction Threats Conservation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xu-Fang Liang
    • 1
  • Guo-Zhu Chen
    • 1
  • Xiang-Lin Chen
    • 2
  • Pei-Qi Yue
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Biology and Institute of HydrobiologyJinan UniversityGuangzhouPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.College of Life ScienceSouth China Normal UniversityGuangzhouPeople’s Republic of China
  3. 3.Institute of HydrobiologyChinese Academy of SciencesWuhanPeople’s Republic of China

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